$25 million in development projects coming to Fairport
FAIRPORT --- By 2017, the mayor of Fairport says $25 million in new development projects will be complete in the village.
That includes a new performing arts center, luxury condos, and a new senior living facility.
When business partners Pam Renfro and Angela Herald bought an old Victorian on West Church Street in Fairport, they didn’t know what to do with it.
“We wanted to be creative,” Renfro said.
Months later, their brainchild was born. It’s a four-bedroom bed and breakfast style facility called “The Inn in the Village.”
“We’re thinking it’s going to cost about $150,000 just for the refurbishing renovations and furnishings,” Renfro said.
With more than $37,000 already raised through a kick-starter campaign, the facility will open in November.
“All of us have the sensibility of mixing the old and the new,” Herald said. “We’re not trapping a Victorian house in a Victorian era. We will appreciate the architecture and bring it into a modern experience.”
The project is just a taste of how locals and developers are seeing potential in Fairport.
“I think it’s a community that’s alive,” said Fairport Mayor Frederick May. “It’s a community that is looking at ways to move forward.”
As told by the construction of a 48-unit condo complex along the Erie Canal.
“You have to invest in real estate,” said Fairport resident Greg Evershed. “You have to invest in mix use. It’s all great and I think it’s wonderful.”
“Even though it’s still growing, you still have that small town feel,” said Fairport resident Kathy Evershed.
Not everyone who lives in the village agrees.
“I was able to see the boats coming and going and now I am not able to,” said Lorraine Rohr, a resident who lives near the condominium construction.
Mayor May says he sees both sides of the argument but knows more interest in the town could mean a bright future for Fairport.
“It’s saying people want to be here,” Mayor May said. “People want to invest in the village.”